Friday, August 22, 2014

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It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 22nd, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

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Lightning's time could be now after eventful offseason.

Avalanche goalie Giguere announces retirement.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today's Birthdays: TV journalist Steve Kroft is 69. Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) is 67. Ty Burrell (Modern Family) is 47. TV chef Giada De Laurentiis is 44. Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) is 41.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning faced several questions entering the 2013-14 season.

Read the rest here.

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Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island on this date in 1762. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper.

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U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team Falls to Canada, 3-2, in Under-18 Series Opener
Competition continues tomorrow (Aug. 22) at 8:30 p.m. ET
CALGARY, ALBERTA — The U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team lost the first game of the Under-18 Series versus Canada, 3-2. Alyssa Gorecki (Monee, Ill.) and Rebecca Gilmore(Wayland, Mass.) scored for Team USA and Brittany Bugalski (Lake Worth, Fla.) made 28 saves.
"We settled in as the game went along, made the necessary adjustments and competed hard," said Joel Johnson, head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. "I was very proud of the effort and look forward to the next game.”
For a complete recap, highlights and photos click here.



U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team Beats Canada, 2-1, in First Game of Under-22 Series
Competition continues tomorrow (Aug. 22) at 5 p.m. ET
CALGARY, ALBERTA — The U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team won its opening contest against Canada in the 2014 Under-22 Series. Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.) and Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) each tallied a goal, while Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) stopped 26 of 27 Canadian shots, finishing the game with a .963 save percentage.
"We had a lot of energy tonight and it showed in how we played,” said Ken Klee, head coach of the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team. “I thought we had good composure and awareness which we benefitted from.”
For a complete recap, highlights and photos click here.


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The U.S. annexed New Mexico on this date in 1846.

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Regina, SK. -- Through the first half of the 2014 CFL season, the play of Riders defensive end John Chick has caught the eye of many for good reason. With 12 sacks through 7 games, Chick is being seen by some as having a chance to be the first defensive player in the history of the league to be named the Most Outstanding Player.

Read the rest here.

Up next for the 5-2 Roughriders is a road game against the 5-3 BC Lions on Sunday, August 24th. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

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A patent for liquid soap was issued to William Sheppard on this date in 1865.

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2014 CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 9.

Bombers expecting potent Als ground attack.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Starbucks is testing mobile stores on college campuses this year. [Makes sense. Starbucks is where most graduates are gonna end up working anyway.]

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a trade for a guard, but it's not the big name many in Tampa have been clamoring for over the past few weeks.

Read the rest here.

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The Holderness Family is cooler than yours. Back at the holidays the family of four dressed in Christmas jammies and gave us the digital version of a family newsletter. The video has been watched more than 14 million times. Now the Holderness Family is back with a back-to-school video that parodies Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back. | Video

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- David Price returned to Tropicana Field on Thursday and pitched like David Price. Fortunately for the Rays, Alex Cobb pitched like Alex Cobb in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1902, in Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.

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Chicago, IL. -- The Giants delivered a full effort in their historic half-game Thursday. All they lacked was the result they wanted.

Read the rest here.

Chicago, IL. -- The triumphant pounding of Madison Bumgarner's left fist into his glove after he struck out Javier Baez to end the seventh inning echoed the constant report of the Giants' bats Thursday night.

Read the rest here.

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The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola on this date in 1906. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.

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See Daddy? We both got a golden trophy!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a lazy Friday, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1956 - 
Elvis began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was originally entitled "The Reno Brothers." 

1959 - The Elvis Presley song "My Wish Came True" hit #12 in the U.S. 

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Such A Night" hit #16 in the U.S. 

1970 - It was announced that Elvis Presley would be going on his first U.S. tour since the mid-1950's. 

1997 - The Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock" was released on DVD.


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A 70-year-old woman in China has recovered only a small portion of her savings after termites snacked on the hidden bills. The bugs ate through $1,625, which had been hidden in her closet.

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Today in Beatles History:


1964 - 
Liberty Records reported the album "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles" was selling 25,000 copies a day. 

1968 - Cynthia Powell Lennon sued John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery. 

1969 - The Beatles filmed a film short for "The Long and Winding Road." 

1979 - George Harrison's autobiography "I Me Mine" was published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies. 

1986 - Paul McCartney released the album "Press to Play." 

1998 - Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed "Double Fantasy" album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was is prison for the December 8, 1980 murder at the time.


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IN THEATERS - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (R). If I Stay (PG-13). When the Game Stands Tall (PG).


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Today in Sports History:


1950 - 
Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition. 

1951 - 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game. 

1972 - Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games. 

1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters. 

2001 - Brett Hull signed a 2 year deal for $9 million with the Detroit Redwings. 

2003 - Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) went 0-5 to end a 30-game hitting streak. 


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The best studies are the ones that tell us we are not alone. A new survey from an international conference call company (from Intercall) finds that when you occasionally zone out on conference calls, you're participating in a national pastime. More than 60 percent of respondents admitted to doing other work or sending an email while on a conference call.


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 4:05pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills 4:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 1:35pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma, California 4:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 7:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

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